Dental Implants Vero Beach
Implant Teeth | Replacement Teeth
Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
Are You Ready to Reclaim Confidence in Your Smile?
What Are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Colgan will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Colgan is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction – further minimizing the number of surgical procedures.
Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While Dr. Colgan performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
What Types Of Prosthesis Are Available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
Dr. Colgan performs in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility.
Why Dental Implants?
Dental Implant Overview
For a brief narrated overview of the dental implant process, please click the image below. It will launch our educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about dental implants.
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.
Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.
A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.
Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?
There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
Are You A Candidate For Implants?
If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.
What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?
The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without general anesthesia.
Do Implants Need Special Care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.
Call Vero Beach Office Phone Number (772) 770-9191 with any questions or to make an appointment with Dr. Colgan.
Vero Beach Surgical Arts
I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Colgan and his staff. I am so very grateful for his care and expertise. I highly recommend Dr. Colgan and am very glad my dentist referred me to him for the level of procedure I required.
- Patti B
Generally I have trepidation when seeing a dentist. However, Dr Colgan and his staff are awesome and did a great job easing mu fears. The implant process was quite extensive but never in the several months of the process did I experience any pain or problems for which I will be forever grateful!!!
- mary s
Dr Colgan office and staff are really friendly i would recommend them highly i am a big baby and I feel very comfortable there i drive from Jacksonville Fl to see Dr Colgan
- lisa f
Entire procedure was explained clearly and I had excellent results
- Vickie P
Dr. Colgan has a great staff. They make sure you feel comfortable and well informed. I highly recommend his office.
- Sharon S
After about 18 months of reconstruction prior to my implants I am completely pleased and satisfied with the final result and the treatment and cared that I received. I would not hesitate to return for future treatments if I required them.
- Barbara L
Great bunch of peeps, always friendly and professional. They did a fantastic job!
- Trevor S
I would recommend Dr Colgan's services to anyone needing dental care. It was a great experience having the implants. I would have it done again in a heart beat
- jean P
Dr Colgan and staff were friendly, professional and I highly recommend them. AND I loved the Orchids.........
- elizabeth m
Everything went according to schedule. Dr. Colgan explained the process thoroughly at the beginning. Staff was great, also very professional and friendly.
- Silvia Cancio C
I already recommended the doctor to several of my friends and relatives. Everyone that knows me, knows I like prefect situations. I am very grateful for the doctor for seeing me the day after my accident and how he handled all me needs,. Everything turned out beautiful. I can now smile and enjoy life.
- Linda H
My very complex implant and sinus lift and gum graph procedures were done in a very skillful and professional manner. Dr. Colgan has shown, by his skills and compassion, that he is an extremely excellent oral surgeon. Dr. Colgan's staff echoes his skills as well. They are competent and friendly. I can not thank Dr. Colgan and his enough for what they have done for my dental health.
- Joseph R
Dr. Colgan and all of his office staff are so friendly and competent. They took a procedure that made me very nervous and turned it into a very smooth and easy experience. Their office was always running on time for any appointment I had. This was my second procedure with Dr. Colgan and I would recommend him and his office to anyone!
- Beth Z
I actually enjoyed my entire dental implant experience (not my first, by the way) from the moment I made an appointment...unusual for dental procedures, for sure! I'd had the problem tooth extracted elsewhere, and I was in quite a bit of pain during and for days after the procedure, and dreading the next steps. In contrast, Dr. Colgan did a more difficult tooth extraction and I had no pain during the process or afterwards. Dr. Colgan and staff clearly explained the process and what to expect, step-by-step, for the actual implant. He also said that he could do an extraction and the initial implant procedure in one day, something I've never even heard of before, but will definitely take advantage of next time! Office staff are smart and efficient, too, and that makes a huge difference in the patient's total experience. I recommend Dr. Colgan, a very gifted and personable oral surgeon, without reservation. We are very lucky to have him in Indian River County!
- Diane S
From to bottom this is one of the best care offices I have ever been involved with. I look forward to my appointments, but more importantly the results are first rate
- Mark H
I was not looking forward to the procedure however Dr. Colgan and his staff were excellent to work with and made the whole process as painless as possible.
- Tim B
The entire implant procedure was explained in detail and, although I was nervous and apprehensive at first, everyone in the practice made me feel comfortable and at ease. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dr. Colgan to my friends and family.
- Linda C
Everyone I dealt with was great. I felt complete confidence with the work being done. I thank all of them for taking good care of me.
- Margaret L
Although I was not looking forward to having this procedure done, the office staff and Doctor made the experience easy and quite good. If needed, I would certainly not hesitate to do it again. Thank you all.
- judith z
My procedure was the best experience I have ever had in my life. The Doctor and staff are wonderful and caring people and made what I though was going to be a scary and painful experience almost enjoyable. I would recommend the Doctor and staff to anyone needed these type services.
- WILLIAM Lawson
Dr. Colgan and Staff were wonderful each time I was there, all work done was pain free and they always made sure I was comfortable. Would highly recommend Surgical Arts for any work that needs to be done- Appt.'s were so easy to make and they took me in right away the first time when it was an emergency. Cant praise Dr. Colgan's staff enough. They make you feel like part of their family.
- Sherri S
Dr. Colgan and his staff are awesome and took excellent care of me throughout my entire implant process! They were all extremely dedicated to every detail of my comfort. I am never leaving this town as I do not want to be without him!
- Linda S
Professional, efficient, and knowledgeable staff, made me feel very comfortable at all times. It is obvious that Dr. Colgan and his staff care about your comfort and care. I am so happy with the results!
- Debbie E
Dr.Colgan is amazing. I had extensive work done. No pain, no swelling, quick recovery. After the first procedure I took one pain pill after I got home and really didn't need that. I cannot say enough about how pleased I am I am. I would recommend Dr. Colgan to anyone.
- Donald W
Very satisfied with the whole process.
- Brian O
Staff was extremely professional. The doctor always made certain that I understood every step of the all the procedures. From the moment I walked through the doors and was greeted by Michelle, I sensed I was in good hands. I would highly recommend Surgical Arts for all your implant needs.
- Richard V
I have had several procedures completed by Dr. Colgan through the past several years. He was always thorough as he explained the condition and evaluated the challenge that I would need to go through. He was professional, and I felt like he cared about me and the outcome. All of his staff, the receptionist, technicians and the operation team put me at ease. I am thankful that Dr. Colgan and the staff are using their talents and abilities to help others. They are in my thoughts and prayers.
- Linda T
Coming to Dr.Colgan's office was the first time I felt as ease and confident that I was in good hands. I always had a fear of a dentist but Dr.Colgan made me feel comfortable. He didn't make me feel like he was judging me. The day I had surgery I wasn't at all apprehensive. I never had to take a pain pill even after extreme extractions. I will refer any of my friends to Dr. Colgan's office and know they are in good hands.
- Karen F
Everyone was friendly and kind making my dental experience very comfortable
- Carolyn M
Everyone is very friendly and knowledgeable. I really like the iTero machine.
- Patti E
Dr. Colgan and his staff were professional, friendly, kind and caring. I was a little nervous about having an extraction and implant but they made me feel so comfortable I forgot my nerves. The surgery itself was very easy and I had no swelling or bruising and no pain or discomfort afterward. I was able to return to all my normal athletic pursuits quickly and even celebrated the holiday season with my family. If I ever need any type of oral surgery I would return to this practice- I am very happy with the quality of my care. Thanks to Liz and Dr. Colgan I feel good as new!
- Nanci R
Dr. Colgan and his staff have done two separate dental implants for me as well as a surgical repair I needed on a bone spur. The entire staff is enormously caring and care-taking. Dr. Colgan listens to me and explains everything thoroughly and thoughtfully. Most important, he is highly skilled and competent. I would not go to anyone else.
- Candace K
Dr. Colgan and staff helped me feel comfortable with the entire dental implant procedure. I am typically very nervous with dental appointments, but everyone here helped put me at ease. Staff is friendly, courteous and knowledgeable. I highly recommend Dr. Colgan.
- Peggy H
Overall, my procedure was painless and very quick. I only needed a total of two visits to complete my dental implant. If I have to have other oral surgery again including a dental implant, I will definitely have Dr. Colgen do the work. He is very thorough and always keeps his patient in mind to ensure they are pain free.
- David V
Very good experience, the staff is knowledgeable and friendly and the care is exceptional!!!! I would highly recommend Dr.Colgan and his staff to all my family, friends and co-workers!! Thank you for the experience.
- Anita C
This was the best experience I have had in a dentist office. All the staff was very professional and courteous. All work was done with no discomfort at all.
- William P
Very Caring staff. Great job
- Sheila C
Excellent in every way. I've already recommended you guys and will continue to do so - happily!
I've had other dental implants placed by other Drs., even went to Chicago for one, this was the first one that I had absolutely no discomfort.
- Howard S
All treatment was rendered in a very professional and pain-free manner. Certain to recommend this office to anyone seeking this type of treatment in the future.
- nancy h
Dr. Colgan and his staff were always easy to talk to, very reassuring and answered all my questions to my complete satisfaction. I was tremendously nervous about the work that needed to be done when I first came in. I would say that fear was mostly unfounded. The process is not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. My teeth look great!
- Jonnie H
When I knew I needed oral surgery I was reluctant about the first visit to Dr. Colgan. My dentist, Dr. Katherine Scures Guitterez referred me to him. I knew I could trust her, however, I still was nervous and upset about my situation. After meeting with Dr. Colgan and his excellent staff, Katie, Liz and Alexis, I was more at ease by the time the first visit was done. The next visits were handled in a most professional manner. The staff was ready for me and treated me with the utmost respect. I am most grateful for the excellent work that Dr. Colgan and his staff have given me. I will highly recommend him whenever I have the opportunity.
- Karen L
I am completely satisfied with the execelent professional services received. the results where outstanding including the correction of previously poorly performed services by another general dentists. My results are outstanding and I highly recommend Dr Colgan and his execellent staff.
- Roger N
The procedure and the healing process went better than expected. The staff and doctor were very considerate of my overall well being throughout the entire process.
- Adrienne T
Very friendly, helpful staff, can't say enough great stuff about Dr Colgan, he did a wonderful job and has the highest quality technology available.
- Gloria P
The advanced technology utilized at Dr. Colgan's office made this an easier and more comfortable experience than a past implant from 5+ years ago. The staff took great care to minimize my anxiety and I virtually no pain.
- Nancy M
Very pleasantly surprised by the level of service and advanced technology performed by Dr Colgan and his team.
- Joan M.
I was referred to Dr. Colgan by my Chicago oral surgeon due to a failed root canal with an adjacent infected dental implant. This was a complicated situation. I was unable to complete treatment due to my pending move to Vero Beach. My situation was well known to Dr. Colgan. A three phase treatment program was developed. Two teeth and an implant were extracted and 2 implants were inserted with bone grafting. Additionally, I was treated simultaneously for non-apnea snoring (successfully). The oral surgery was under a general anesthetic, a very wise recommendation. My recovery was exactly as described with spot on treatment for pain. I had two additional follow-up procedures to complete my treatment without complication. I did not experience any effects for which I was not prepared. Dr. Colgan coordinated my care from the beginning. His staff facilitated appointments with a dentist here in Vero Beach (who is now our general family dentist.) Dr. Colgan has state of the art imaging equipment. Updated information with digital imaging was shared immediately. As a nurse, I thought that my former dental facility was good but I know now that Dr. Colgan has the gold standard of care. I can confidently refer family and friends to Dr. Colgan.
- Cathy D.
I really enjoyed meeting Dr. Colgan and his staff. Everyone is very warm and made me feel comfortable through my entire process. I will definitely recommend this office to my friends and family!
- Laura S.
Their willingness to accommodate another medical appointment was exceptional. Very easy to accommodate patients requests
- Pat S.